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The Illustration Portfolio of Denise Tonner

An illustration of two figures on a large teacupIt's a Beautiful Day

Denise Tonner is an artist and illustrator based in Vancouver, BC. In her practice, Denise creates whimsical illustrations for both children and the young-at-heart.

An illustration for the cover of an edition of Wizard of OzWizard of Oz cover, graphite and digital art


Denise’s style is striking, and to me speaks to an enjoyment of the process of art-making itself. The visible lines and brush marks in the works, as well as the use of negative space, showcases not only the media used, but the artist’s own hand, tracking Denise’s movement across the canvas or page. There’s a sense of narrative in these works -- both in terms of the stories they depict, and the idea that one can see Denise’s process coming through in the layers of media.

A screen capture of Denise Tonner's art portfolio


I really enjoy Denise’s portraiture. The subjects of these works are varied, as is the artist’s style. In some cases, the artist takes a realistic, documentarian approach, rendering the planes of a face with smoothly blended grayscale. In others she takes on more artistic license, producing works that recreate human subjects in a new artistic realm.

A portrait of a woman in profileMysterious Lady, monotype, watercolour

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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